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The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company name is, in fact, a bit of a misnomer. Orphan Barrel, which is owned by spirits giant Diageo, doesn’t do any of its own distillings at all. Instead, the bourbon in bottles of Old Blowhard and Barterhouse Whiskey, Orphan Barrel’s other bourbon offering, come entirely from “forgotten” barrels “discovered” at the Stitzel-Weller warehouses in Louisville, KY, a famous distillery founded by Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle, and now owned by Diageo.
Blustery, boastful, and unapologetic, Old Orphan Barrel Old Blowhard Straight Bourbon Whiskey has been around too long to suffer fools. In the warehouses of mass-production, you might say there isn’t much room for a whiskey full of flavor and big on personality. For 26 years, this well-traveled whiskey has been demanding attention, too bold to play well with others.
A character this powerful has a way of crossing folks, and that’s just fine by us. The flavor of this extraordinary whiskey is exuberant and rich with undertones of smoke and honey. The finish is dry and spicy, with a hint of orange peel.
Old Blowhard Is 26-Years-Old And Was Found In Old Warehouses At The Stitzel-Weller Facility In Louisville, A Distillery Best Known As The Original Home Of Pappy Van Winkle Bourbons. It Might Not Have The Same Demand As A Bottle Of Pappy, But Old Blowhard Is Already One Of The Best New Releases Of 2014.
A whiskey like this doesn’t come around all that often. Only a very small amount of Old Blowhard exists, and it will only be made available once. After the last bottle of this release has been sold, it’s gone for good, once again to become but myth and legend
The aroma of charcoal, honeyed oak, and vanilla beans.
Notes caramel, marzipan, buttered toast, and candied oranges on the palate.
The finish is oaky yet slightly sweet, with a touch of citrus and chocolate at the finale.